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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Convex Mirrors

I have been scouring the net to find the perfect convex mirror. Convex mirrors are often called Butlers or Fish-eye mirrors. This is because their traditional use was to allow the butler to see into a room without entering and interrupting his master. These mirrors can open up a small space, and undoubtedly are interesting to look at.

Here's a mainstream one that I found at Anthropologie - the frame is simple in form and made out of teak.

More ornate ones (that I love!) come with a steeper price tag. This shop in in New Zealand (ugh!) carries products that transport you back to the gilded era. If you know of any good local alternatives, please lemme know!

12 comments:

** Terramia ** said...

Love them... easy to get at an autoparts store and DIY. I did a thing on them in my blog. Super cool!

CeLee said...

awesome job! i'll plan to hit up my local auto parts store this weekend. definitely cheaper than shelling out $300 bucks!

** Terramia ** said...

Check out this link on Debbie Travis's site (an awesome Canadian DIYer)... click on the image with the mirror and move your cursor over it and it will give you basic directions on how to make one! Basically, just use wood frames cut out to a certain diameter to match the size of mirror. My friend used an old circular frame that happened to fit a mirror perfectly. She just hinged it into place... (I should get some pics!)...

http://www.debbietravisfacelift.com/episodes/20050617/

Also, here are some cool mirrors I found on line for inspiration:

http://4blackbird.com/wood_frame.html

Also, saw this site just for basic parts ideas:

Hope that helps... and saves you big moolah!

PS -- Love your site!

** Terramia ** said...
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CeLee said...

thank you so much for your references! you have inspired me to try to do it myself :) i just came back from dinner and was eyeing the security mirror (convex mirror) in the parking lot thinking... i'm gonna have to find a way to do it on my own. i'll keep you all posted!

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